Finding a dog training program and dog trainer can be just as much work as finding the puppy to begin with; it can also have just as big of an impact on your final results once you get into in the field.
What do you want from your dog? This should be the first question you ask yourself when you are considering hunting dog training. I personally think that having a dog with you in the field should make it more enjoyable, not more stressful. It was for this reason, and the fact that this is my first hunting dog, that I decided to pursue professional training. I want a dog that I can take with me on all of my hunting adventures, one that will be well behaved, one that can make the hunt a more enjoyable experience and not a frustrating one.
For me a hard question to answer was, where to place the focus during training? Again, ‘what do you want from your dog’? Ideally I wanted a dog that could hunt pheasants, retrieve waterfowl, and occasionally find shed antlers. How do you decide what to train for? I thought about how hunting could be improved by having a dog there. This led me to the decision to have Moose professionally trained for upland birds and waterfowl hunting, and let the shed hunting develop naturally, if at all.
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